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PRODUCT DATA SHEET

MORTAR CEMENT
TYPES N, S, and M

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Types N, S, and M mortar cement.

Basic Use
CEMEX mortar cement is specially formulated and
manufactured to produce masonry mortar for use in
brick, block, and stone masonry construction where
flexural bond strength and lower air contents are
desired.

Composition and Materials
CEMEX mortar cement consists of a mixture of
portland cement, limestone, and chemical
admixtures to provide plasticizing properties and
other enhanced performance attributes. These
components are proportioned at the cement plant
under controlled conditions to assure product
consistency.

Types
CEMEX mortar cements are produced in
accordance with ASTM C1329 for the preparation of
ASTM C270 Type N, S, and M mortar, respectively.
CEMEX mortar cements are available in a standard
gray color, unique to each cement plant. In some
markets, colored mortar cements may be available.
Color selection may be made from the local CEMEX
mortar cement sample kit which is available through
your CEMEX representative.

Physical Properties
CEMEX mortar cements conform to the physical
requirements of ASTM C1329 (see Table 1).

TABLE 1 Physical
Requirements of Mortar Cements

Mortar
Cement
Type
28 Day
Compressive
Strength
ASTM C109
Minimum, psi
(MPa)
Bond
Strength
ASTM
C1357
Minimum
psi
(MPa)
Water
Retention
Minimum
%
Air
Maximum
%
N 900 (6.2) 70 (0.5) 70 17
S 2100 (14.5) 100 (0.7) 70 15
M 2900 (20.0) 115 (0.8) 70 15

INSTALLATION
Table 2 is a general guide for selection of mortar
types. Other factors, such as type and absorption of
masonry unit, climate and exposure, applicable


building codes, and engineering requirements
should also be considered.



TABLE 2
Recommended Guide for Selection of Mortar Type
Building Segment Mortar Type
Exterior, above grade,
load-bearing
non load-bearing
parapet wall

N or S or M
N
N or S
Exterior, at or below grade S or M
Interior, load-bearing
non load-bearing

N or S
N

Table 2 is an abbreviated version of Table X1.1 in the Annex of ASTM C 270-06.

Mixing
CEMEX mortar cements, when mixed with sand
meeting ASTM C144, will produce a mortar that can
meet either the proportion or property specifications
of ASTM C270 for Types N, S, or M masonry mortar
(Table 3 and Table 4). Machine mixing should be
used whenever possible. First, add most of the
water and half of the sand. Next, add the masonry
cement and the rest of the sand. After one minute of
continuous mixing, slowly add the rest of the water.
Mixing should continue for at least three minutes;
extending mixing up to five minutes improves mortar
qualities.

Admixtures
No admixtures should be used without the written
approval of the architect or engineer of record.

Hot Weather Construction
Mortars exposed to hot winds and full sun will tend
to lose workability due to the evaporation of water.
Common sense precautions should be taken to
protect the mortar such as shading the mixer,
wetting mortar boards, covering wheelbarrows and
tubs, and balancing mortar production to meet
demand. If it is necessary to restore workability,
mortar may be retempered by adding water and
remixing. No mortar shall be used beyond 2 hours
after mixing. Please note that retempering may
result in color variations of the mortar.




Cold Weather Construction
Mortar should be maintained at a minimum
temperature of 40F as prescribed by applicable
standards. No admixtures should be used without
the written approval of the architect or engineer of
record.


Proportion Specifications
TABLE 3
Mortar Cement Mortar - Proportions by Volume
(ASTM C270)
Mortar
Type
Mortar
Cement
Type N
Mortar
Cement
Type S
Mortar
Cement
Type M
Sand,
Damp
Loose
Condition
N 1


2 3
S 1
2 3

M 1
2 3


Property Specifications
Under the property requirements of ASTM C270,
cement-to-sand proportions are to be in the range of
1:2 to 1:3, and should meet the requirements
outlined in Table 4.

TABLE 4
Physical Requirements for Masonry Cement
Mortars (ASTM C270)
Mortar
Type
Compressive Strength
ASTM C109
Minimum, psi (MPa)
Water
Retention
Minimum %
Maximum
% Air
N 750 (5.2) 75 14
S 1800 (12.4) 75 12
M 2500 (17.2) 75 12

No changes should be made in the field to the
laboratory established proportions for mortar that
has been tested and accepted under the property
specification, except for the quantity of mixing water.

Materials with different physical characteristics than
those used in the laboratory should also not be used
in the field without testing for compliance with the
property specifications.

TECHNICAL DATA
Applicable Standards
The following standards apply to the use of CEMEX
masonry cements in mortar:
ASTM C1329, Standard Specification for Mortar
Cements
ASMT C1357, Standard Test Methods for Evaluating
Masonry Bond Strengths
ASTM C144, Standard Specification for Aggregates
for Masonry Mortar
ASTM C270, Standard Specification for Mortar for
Unit Masonry




ASTM C780, Standard Test Method for Pre-
construction and Construction Evaluation of Mortar
for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry


Water
All water should be clean and free from organic
material and deleterious amounts of dissolved acids,
alkalies and salts.

Precautions
Freshly mixed cement, mortar, grout or concrete
may cause minor skin irritations. Avoid direct contact
with skin and eyes and if contacted, wash exposed
areas promptly with water. Refer to the applicable
CEMEX product MSDS prior to use which may be
obtained by calling 1-800-99-CEMEX (1-800-992-
3639).

AVAILABILITY
CEMEX Type N, S, and M mortar cements are
available in both bulk and/or bags in some market
areas, and can be ordered by contacting CEMEX at
1-800-99-CEMEX (1-800-992-3639).

WARRANTY
CEMEX warrants that the products identified are in
accordance with the appropriate current ASTM
specifications. No one is authorized to make any
modifications or addition to this warranty. CEMEX
makes no warranty or representation either
expressed or implied with respect to this product
and disclaims any implied warranty of
merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose.

As CEMEX has no control over other ingredients
mixed with this product or the final application,
CEMEX does not and cannot warrant the finished
work.

In no event shall CEMEX be liable for direct,
indirect, special, incidental or consequential
damages arising out of the use of this product,
even if advised of the possibility of such
damages. In no case shall CEMEXs liability
exceed the purchase price of this product.

TECHNICAL SERVICES
CEMEX personnel are available to provide technical
assistance by contacting 1-800-99-CEMEX (1-800-
992-3639.


CEMEX, Inc.
U.S. OPERATIONS HEADQUARTERS
929 Gessner Rd., Suite 1900
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77024
(713) 650-6200, (800) 999-8529
www.cemexusa.com